Authentic Cultural Tours in Tanzania and Uganda
Tanzania cultural tours packages include a visit to the remote Tanzania villages where you can experience the fascinating Africa cultural. Tanzania cultural tour destinations ranges from those available in the Northern Part of Tanzania (Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Manyara) down to the Southern circuit (Mbeya, Iringa, Morogoro) without forgetting those established in the Coastal regions (Dar es salaam, Bagamoyo).
In the northern part of Tanzania most of cultural tours can be done during the safari eg the tour of Mto wa Mbu Cultural tourism which is near Lake Manyara, the Maasai tribe in Ngorongoro area and the Hadzabe tribe in Lake Eyasi. The hadzabe are the only left hunter and gatherer tribe in the region of East Africa. To enjoy this tour, we recommend that you spend at least two days.
In many local areas where cultural tours in Tanzania are being conducted run their own cultural programmes for visitors, bringing income directly to the community and giving the people the chance to show their lifestyle to the outside world on their own terms. Health and Primary education can be improved through your tour of the fascinating villages.
For most of our cultural tours include visits to farms, schools, homes and other village landmarks. A local guide is employed to accompany your group around the villages and provide information on the culture and history to make it AMAZING!
BABATI AND HANANG
Babati is located along Arusha- Dodoma road in the Rift Valley, South of lake Manyara National Park and west of Tarangire National park. The people of Babati and Hanang follow their tribal culture and traditions closely. Enjoy fishing adventure with local canoes on Lake Babati while viewing hippos, participate in local beer brewing, and enjoy cycling expedition through remote areas.
Lake Eyasi is located south of Ngorongoro Highlands. It’s a saline lake home of various rare fish species, rare birds and reptiles. It’s beautifully fringed with the Great Rift Valley walls. It’s the home to the last known Hunter-Gatherer Community the – Hadzabe living by hunting, honey and fruit gathering style. Experience Bushmen trekking adventures, visit Datoga traditional healer and discover traditional herbs that cure various diseases.
Engarasero is a village where cultural and natural heritage are in harmony. The village is located South side of Lake Natron – famous known as salt lake. Engarasero is rich in Maasai cultural heritage. The Maasai community in Engarasero still practice its old age pastoral ways of keeping livestock. As part of your package visit hot spring, waterfalls in Engarasero River, biking tour to the baboon caves, Emburululu crater and Lengai plains.
63 km North of Mto wa Mbu on the road to Oldonyo Lengai and Lake Natron you find an important historic village known as Engaruka. This village lies at the foot of the Rift Valley escarpment. Tour to Engaruka guarantee a visitor to see the oldest African irrigation system, Maasai market, visit Maasai boma.
Ganako Karatu is an important resting place for most safari travelers. It’s situated on the way to the National Parks in the Northern Tanzania, just on lower slopes of Ngorongoro highlands outside the Ngorongoro and Serengeti. Cultural tour to the village will lead you meet the Iraqw tribe, visit a colourful Iraqw market, visit coffee plantations to enjoy the pure taste of African coffee.
The village of Ilkiding’a at the foot of Mount Meru, where sounds of rivers, birds and people are in harmony, offers a view into the culture of the Wa-arusha tribe. The village lies 7 km about 20 minute drive north of Arusha town. Enjoy traditional dancing, visit traditional healer, walk through coffee plantations and open fields where potatoes, cabbages, maize, beans etc are being grown.
Ilkuro tour will take you to visit Kilimamoto crater, Ngorora hill, waterfalls, valleys and Mount Meru. The village is situated on the west of Arusha town about 20km. Extended days tour to the village will give you an opportunity to hire camel or donkey for for viewing animals like giraffe, zebra, rabbit, hyena, dik-dik etc. You will enjoy watching and participating in Maasai dancing.
KONDOA – IRANGI
Welcome to the land of ‘Kolo rock paints’ a world class historical heritage site. The Kondoa Irangi art work are remarkable not for their quantity and quality but for their astonishing time span-million years ago. Visit Sandawe semi Bushmen tribe, trek the Sambwa hill but also participate if interested in traditional honey harvesting.
Longido is rich in birds’ life. The tour to the extensive plains around Longido Mountains, 80km north of Arusha town, features an insight into the traditions of Masaai culture. The lush area is the home to rare birds and mammals. The tour will include a climb to the impressive Longido mountain through dense natural forest, tour of historical sites dating back to British colonial times.
Machame to the north of the Arusha-Moshi road is a mosaic of beautiful valleys, deep gorges, rivers, waterfalls and farms, and is home of chagga people. While in Machame view Mount Kilimanjaro from three different views. You will be able to visit several projects in the area such as coffee plantations, traditional irrigations, bee-keeping, crass breeding, afforestation, food processing etc.
MAMBA AND MARANGU
Mamba and Marangu in the Kilimanjaro area have both natural and cultural heritage to offer the visitor. Visit to caves used to hide during chagga and Masaai tribe wars, Kinukamori and Moonjo waterfalls while wondering panoramic view of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mamba is paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. Meet a local black blacksmith using ethnic methods to prepare spears and other tools.
NKWESHOO – MACHAME
Nkweshoo village has a lot to offer including a visit to the oldest church building, learn Chagga relics, stories, Kilimanjaro trekking, walking through banana farmlands, a guided tour to Nkosalulu waterfalls. Appreciate the architectural designs of the caves – the massive underground tunnels used to hide during tribe wars.
Mirerani is a small village located only 39km South East of Arusha town. Its 15 minutes’ drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport and its estimated to be 1:20 hrs drive from Moshi. The village surrounded by beautiful hills is the only place where Tanzanite mining takes place in the world. You will then visit Mirerani Tanzanite local market, Chemka hot spring, Tanzania mining experience visit.
MTO WA MBU
Mto wa Mbu is located on the way from Arusha to the national Parks in northern Tanzania, just at the foot of the rift Valley. Climb Balaa hill to see the whole town, enjoy biking trip to the impressive Miwaleni lake and waterfalls both lined with thriving papyrus plants, walk to the farms. Don’t forget to enjoy a delicious, home cooked meal in a local Mom’s home.
Mulala village is atypical rural setting on the southern slopes of Mountain Meru and surrounded by spectacular scenery. Guided tours criss – crossing coffee and banana farms and enjoying spectaculars views of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru. Enjoy the scenic Marisha river bank, thick with tropical vegetation and home of colourful birds and primates. You will see medical plants used be villagers.
Uganda is a country with the highest diversity of culture. A multiplicity of ethnicity, languages, foods, people, beliefs and many other traditional norms are comprised in the Ugandan culture. Uganda cultural safaris will avail opportunities to explore; and enjoy the unexplored Uganda’s culture and the hidden treasure in learning it. Visitors are welcomed and entertained by the hospitable natives with melodramatic traditional performances with local musical instruments; accompanied with a hearty local cuisine. The people of Uganda are ranked second in the whole world as the most hospitable, warm, and welcoming. Come and prove this myth yourself by interacting with Uganda’s natives.
Uganda cultural safaris/tours lets you experience Uganda’s history and a great origin right from the pre-colonial Uganda up to the post independent / post-colonial Uganda. The pre-colonial Uganda includes viewing the ancient shrines, kingdoms and palaces, a thrilling narration about Uganda’s past on an evening camp fire.
In Uganda, your cultural tours / safaris will include visiting the royal palace of Buganda and the Buganda parliament. Other palaces include Toro palace, Busoga palace, Bunyoro palace and other palaces across numerous chiefdoms and kingdoms.
Undertake a cultural tour to Uganda’s museums to find out the historical tools and numerous artefacts that were used in the past. That is from the pre-Cambrian ages to the recent past and the royal drums. Most of these found at the National museum and other regional museums
There are a variety of historical monuments and statues scattered within Kampala city presenting great personalities, historical events and many other significant situations in the nation’s past. The notable monuments include the independence monument, Kabaka Muteesa 1 statue, Sir. Apollo Kaggwa monument, the liberation statue among others.
While on a historical cultural tour to Uganda, expect a lot to be offered than you expect. Definitely you will flight out with your take home, locally crafted souvenir for memories.